ERIC Number: ED451051
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Dig In! Hands-On Soil Investigations.
National Science Teachers Association, Arlington, VA.
This guide is geared toward K-4 science teachers, supervisors, and environmental educators. The guide seeks to promote a better understanding and appreciation of soil. Students explore the land around them as they investigate the origins of soil and how it benefits our ecosystems and environment and discover the various habitats characterized by different soil types. This takes the form of an imaginary voyage into the desert, forest, mountains, prairie, and wetlands to determine what kinds of plants and animals are native there. Students also simulate rain and wind to observe the monumental effects these natural elements have on land. Students learn that wind and water erosion can cause pollution in their air and water, and can even cause agricultural destruction. A special feature is the incorporation of sciLINKS, an innovative National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) resource that provides a link to key Web pages that compliment the activities. The book incorporates maps from "The Atlas of Science Literacy" and Project 2061 from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). These maps help teachers identify a framework for where a student is in terms of standards-based learning goals. (SAH)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Ecology, Elementary Education, Lesson Plans, Science Activities, Science Instruction, Soil Science, Water, Wind (Meteorology)
National Science Teachers Association Press, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; Web site: www.nsta.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Arlington, VA.